MUSCATINE, Iowa– Madison Elementary fifth grader Avery Bradley loves math more than any other subject. “I’m more of a math person–I do love to read, but math is my strong suit,” she explained: “I think math is the most challenging for me, and I like solving the problems. I catch onto math a little bit more.”
Recently, Avery’s love of math brought her into the spotlight. After entering into one of Sumdog’s national weekly online math contests, Avery placed sixth nationally. Not an easy accomplishment. Her teacher, Jillian Poppe, reported she answered 996 out of 1,000 questions correctly to earn her spot.
While using Sumdog to practice her addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and geometry skills at home, Avery answered enough questions to enter into the week’s national competition. As scores came in, she felt amazed to see herself land in the top ten. “I was really excited!” she exclaimed. “When I finished all the questions I was in second, but when more people finished, I bumped down to sixth, but I was still excited,” she added. Earlier in the year, Avery had placed in the top 50 in another week’s competition and her class placed fourth nationally. However, Avery had not placed in the top 10 individually ever before.
For her outstanding accomplishment, Avery received several prizes from Sumdog. They included a certificate, a $10 gift card for the App Store, and several surprises in her Sumdog account.
Reflecting on Avery’s achievement, Poppe felt she had done an excellent job. “I’m super impressed!” she shared. Avery competed against about 13,000 other students across the country and consistently answered questions considered at the high end of fifth grade math skills.
Throughout the year, Poppe’s class has used the free version of Sumdog to practice their math skills both at school and at home. The online program, which presents questions of different types and difficulties in the form of math games, also allows Poppe to assess her students’ strengths and areas of improvement, something she considers vital for her advanced math class. “Since my group of students jumps from fourth to sixth grade math, it helps me identify standards for me to reteach; and, it’s more fun!” she elaborated.